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dirt at ground zero. cey let younow whater i've done everything that i can do, and form of art, that is, to keep the memory alive of those who died. but right now, i feel that this is what i'm supposed to do. ry >> very nice. center lemon at the cnn in ualanta. "the situation room" begins right now. >> president obama kicks off fall campaign trying to coince americans that the policies are working and republicans will make matters worse. is hegiving voters new incentive to keep his party in power in congress? >> the al qaeda threat nine years after theeptember 11 attacks. is the terror net work preparg to strike with nuclears? weapon?
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some taxpayers are asking, can america afford a costly makeover at the white house. behind the scenes at the project. welcome to the viewers around the states around around the world. wolf blitzer is off, i'm suzanne malveaux. you're in "the situation room." >> for all of the progress we made, we're not there yet. people are frustrated and people are angry. and since i'm the president, and democrats have control of the house and the senate, it's understandable that people are saying, you know, what have you done? but between now and november, when i'm going to remind the american people of is that the policies that we have put in place have moved us in the right direction. and the policies that the repu oblicans are offer tin rig now are the exact policies that got us in to this mess. >> president obama is putting republicans on notice that he is
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going to keep blaming them for america's economic troubles. right up until a november election he's zeroed in on the economy on his friday news conference and a series of appearances across the country this week. he saved someis of his harshest attacks r the house minority leader, john boehner, the man poised to be the new speaker if republicans win back control of congress. wolf talked about all of that with the president's just-named choicehe to be theew the council of economic advisors, austan goolsbee. >> gettinghe reaction from john boehner in the house. the president was critical of him in the speech in cleveland. here's what boehner said. the president is serious on finally focusing on jowobs, a gd start would be taking the advice of his recently departed budget direct and freezing all tax rates coupled with cutting federal spending to where it was before all of the bailouts, government takeovers, and stimulus spending sprees.
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he's referring to peter orszag who wrote a piece in "the new york times" this week. for the next two years, keep tax rates i cludthing for the wealt exactly where they are right now. >> well, look, i think representative boehner's a little confused about what peter orszag was suggesting and threw in on that second bid, let's go back to the final bush budget of 2008. as if tt were the -- the gold standard that we wanted to return to when, in fact, that was the -- the final culmination policy that got us into this mess. >> well, wait -- i guess to be precise, peter orszag was not remmending the second part of wh john boehner was saying in the statement. only the first part. you have boehner andsz orszag agreeing -- keep tax rates where they are for two years. >> hold on. >> increase tax breaks in the time of economic crisis on anyone. >> look, wolf, the orszag was a
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political piece. take what you can get then an then in two years, make itt. permanent. ask representative boehner if he wans to make permanent for $700 billion the bush tax cut for people making more than $250,000 a year. he does. he's been for it all along. he's just trying to $700 billio for that purpose. every objective analyst looked for it emphasizedhat tax cuts for millionaires ve the lowest bang for the buck of any measures that we can possibly take and we shouldn't extend
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those and the president's made that clear. >> john boehner doesn't wan to raise taxes on anyone right now, rich people, middle class, poor people, anyone. i want to be precise. peter orszag said at least for two years, keep the tax rates where they are right now. >> no, wolf, he didn't say for two years. >> for two years. >> he said do it for two years in order to get them to give them up after two years. i disagree with this political calculation. and let's put it a different way. when the -- whemin the minority leader in that house of representatives is taking political advice fro the economist that have left the obama admistration, i guess i'm a little confused. >> here's what s "the wall stre journal" wrote in an editorial this week. i'd like you to respond. never before has government spent so muchnd intervened so directly in allocation to spurn growth, the results have been mediocre at best, to add de$3
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trillion in federal debt in two years, we have $14.9 million unemployed. what happen? that's the question "the wall street journal wasks, what happ? >> what happened is we whipped into a recession, beginning in decemberf 2007 that was the worst since 1929. it's a deep holeru we've been o struggling to get out of. after 22 straight months of lost for the last eight months, there has been private sector job creation. what the predent has emphasized repeatedly and outlined again today in his remarks in ohio is that the only way that our recovery is sustainable is that we get the private sector to stand up. let us not forget when the president took these policies, it wasn't for fun, it was because the economy and the privateec sector were in free fall, following the policies, many of which it sound like representative boehner wants us to return to. when we were following those
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liciesthe economy collapsed and we have been trying to rebuild it. we have come a long way. we're on the right path. we have a long way to go. >> i can't tell you how many big business leaders, supporters of president obama, wall street, the financial sector, keep asking -- especfoially this wee following the speech in milwaukee and cleveland, why does the president keep demonizing wall street? >> the president outlined today a deliberately pro market, pro private sector ageneral da in w the government is going to spend money on tax credits to encourage business to locate research and development assets here in america and giving them full tax writeoffs of all of the factory and equipment spending for the next year. so i think if you go ask business people,hey will actually find much to like about this policy.
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and truth be told, until the last few weeks, most republicans would have been for that policy. so i am hopeful that there is common ground here that we can all agree that all patriotic americans should be for growing jobs, investing in this cotry, and research and development and factories and equipment. that's what the president is trying to enable.f posing it for the sake of opposing it isot productive. >> austan goolsbee, the advisor to the economi council to the president. thank you. >> great to see you, wolf. >> look at the key tax proposals. t he argueled his case to let the bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year for wealthiestua americans, individuals who earned $200,000 a year or more.n couples who earn $50,000 or more. now, that's about 2% to 3% of the country. he was congress to extend the bush tax cuts for everyone else. the president is also proposing
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$200 billion in tax cuts for businesses to buy n, equipment, those binesses would be able to write off 100% of their new investments through the end of 2011. republican ron paul is no fan of the president's economic policies, but did he like anything that mr. obama is saying aut taxends and growth. find out ahead. and is the tea party movement's influence fading? stand by for our eye popping new polls on some of the hottest senate races in the nation. and one of america's most unpredictable and threatening rivals -- maybe grooming his successor. will kim jong-il keep north korea's and political power in the family? keep your home smelling like home. ♪ that's not really my style, honey. weird, i can't find it.
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or go to president obama took several new shots this week in connecting with americans scraping by in this economy. votes that might throw his party out of power this november. wolf talked with a leading critic of the prident and his economic policies. >> joining us now is a republican that comes to the debate wit a unique and outspoken point of view, congressman ron paul of texas.mi congressn, thanks for coming in. >> thank you, wolf. >> when it comes to the president's economic policies, the tax policies, is there anything there that you like? >> tax credits. that means lower taxes for business people. they're short term and we don't know what happened after a couple of years.
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anything that will cut taxes i'm for. the idea that it will be raisin spending. but also because he hasn't planned toaise taxes on the lower income people under $200,000 or $250,000, i think it's goibod. it would be horrible that he raised the taxes on all hose, so i would have to say that's a little bit of relief to know that those taxes won't go up. >> the deficit hawk. you hate the annual budget deficits. the white house says if you reduce -- if you eliminate the tax breaks for the wealthiest americans, making $250,000 a year, 3%, 2% or 3% of all americans out there, you're going to save $7xt t00en billio the next ten years, $700 billion. that would be good to have that reduction in the national debt, wouldn't it?it >> it would be. it would be a horrible way doing it. that means taxes are going up
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$700 billion. i can think of a better thing to do, that would be to read ythat article by stieglitz. he said he made an error when he that the iraq war was going to cost us over $3 trillion.he it's higher than $3 trillion. stay out of the wars and save this money. that's what we need to do. we need tweo cut the spending. we don't have to tax people. and we can solve this oblem. but nobody wants to give an inch on the overseas expenditures. the republicans don't want to cut overseas expenditures in the war, neither does obama. the american people, the ones i talk to, at least, are all for it. that's where it should go. cut the spending overseas. >> we had you on with bernie frank. you guys had ideas to save hundreds of billions or dollars in defense-related spending, we discussed that. the president also went after some republicans for wanting to privatize social security. listen to what he said. >> as long as i'm president, no e is going to take the
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retirement savings of a generation of americans and hand it over to wall street. not on my watch. >> do you agree with the president on that? >> well, i have to know what he is thinking about ond privatizg and what others are thinking about privatizing. there are two different things. >> oh he doesn't want to. he wants to keep it the way it isnow. >> yeah, but i want to know what privatize means. weould turn this money over and give the individual money like a -- an investment retirement fund that they manage, that's a little bit different. but i think mo peop, when they think of privatizing, i'm not for this kind of privatizing, that's when the government manages accounts and gets involve in the stock market. if that's what he's thinking about -- i don't want any part of that. but i want to privatizeme in retirement funds and put the responsibility on the individual. that, toe, is a lot different type of privatization. for government bureaucrats to get involve in the stock market, i don't like that. besides, if you truly have privatization, you can make and
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put your own choices. but it's when the -- the way we have it now, you can only buy government debt, that's really not a good investment. i think these are academic arguments because, yu know, talking about five or ten years from now, we're facing such a serious crisis with our dollar and our financial situation, the next two or three years, this is going to resolve -- bere solved onause we're going to have a financial crisis based on a dollar devaluation. and that, to me, is going to change all of the rules in the game. and talking about tax codes for a year or two, won't have a whole lot. >> very quickly. got this nmeew "time" magazine poll on the race for the senate in kentucky. your son, rand paul, is running right now. a dead heat among regisred voters, rand paul, 46%. jack conway, the attorney general there, 46%. are you surprised by this poll, how close it is? >> i think that's pure fiction. that's the biggestsurprise of my life. if that happened, it happened
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within the last 12 hours. you -- i think we better check that one out. but, no, then the race will be hard fought and hard won. 'lhel run as if it's tied. so those are quite the accurate statistics that i've been hearing about. >> i heard other polls that had your son way ahead. this is among registered voters. cnn, time, research opinion corporation poll. stay on this race and all the other races. always good to have you on the situation room, thanks for having us. >> thank you, wolf. more eye-popping new numbers on very high-profile u.n. senate races, cnn and "time" magazine are teaming up this eleion season in polling volters in key states each week. democratic senator barbara boxer has a surprisingly slim lead, just four points over her gop opponent, carly fiorina, the former hewlett packard chief and in the former senate race, republican and tea party favorite, marco ruble you is a couple of points ahead of the
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independent candidate, governor charlie crist. meek trails crist by ten points. he's the leader of one of the united states' greatest adversaries. could there be new dangers if kim jong-il hands leadership over to north korea to one of his sons? >> and could more u.s. troops be headed to afghanistan? an interview with the top u.s. military official on the ground just ahead. moments can change anytime -- just like that. and wn they do men with erectile dysfunction can be more confident in their ability to be ready with cialis for daily use. cialis for daily use is a clinically proven, low-dose tablet you take every day, so you can be ready anytime the moment is right. tell your doctor about your medical condition and all medications, and ask if you're hethy ough for sexual activity. don't take cialis if you teak nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure.
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north korea may be about to take the first steps to the change of leadership. but what if it remains a family affair. brian todd is looking into it. >> it's the biggest political gathering in north corina in decades, the so-called worker's party congress wherell kim jongl will announce changes at the top. that may well mean he'll lay the groundwork for his third son to take his place, a transition that has many in western intelligce worried about what comes next. i spoke about him with dick shaw, who dealt with the regime as a member of president bush's national securityhi council. >> the third son in his 20s is the designated successor, but clearly doesot have the -- have the party credentials
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behind himor the leadership credentials that either his father or grandfather had. >> given that, could there be real appeal there, could there be a military cocoup? could they step in to breach it? >> it's a difficult question to answer, the internal politics of north korea. on the one hand, objectively speaking, this would be right for some sort of elite actions, elite coups for the military and ope party. co the other hand, people have been predicting the collapse of north korea for 25 years now and it hasn't happened. >> leaders are answering if entrenched military leaders will accept orders from someone who's not even 30. like his older sons, he's beenm pampered, went to arding school in switrland. they say he likely wouldn't change north korea's ambitions to develop, nuclear weapons, bu her details are a tightly held secret, inside north korea. >> i'm sure the torrian people
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knew nothing about young mr. kim until the propaganda apparatus started recently to sing his praises. i suspect that a lot of people in the elite didn't know much about him. >> there may be not much time to find out. there's the effects of the stroke two years ago. they waited until after that to pave theway for his son. analysts tell us by waiting, kim jong-il didn't give his son enough time to build his own power base with the most powerful elements in north korea, the communist party, the military, the security services. kim jong-il himself had 20 years to build that power before his own leadership. he's going to help the son build himself up. brian todd, cnn, washington. just how dangerous is
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qa al qaeda after september 11? we're digging deeper. and we haven't seen much of him in years. ahead, talk with one reporter just back from a rare face-to-face interview with former cuban ropresident, fidel castro. [ tires screech ] [ engine revving ] [ drumslaying ] [ male announcer ] 306 horsepower. race-inspired paddle shifters. and f-sport-tuned suspension. all aable on the new 2011 lexus is. it isn't real performance unless it's wielded with precision.
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the root of terror, a new hbo documentary takes to the places where al qaeda was born. wolf blitzer talked to the man behind it. and lawrence wright is joining us right now. lawrence, an amazing book, the looming tower, an amazing documentary later tonight. how powerful is al qaeda right now? >> al qaeda central, the organization that planned and carried out 9/11 is much reduced from the pre-9/11 days. the cia says 300 people, egyptian intelligence told me 200 in any case is much smaller. but the idea of al a has taken root in other forms. and, so we have allegiances in
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differt countries and wannabes, all of which will dangerous. but i don't think they can carry out another 9/11. >> they couldn't get their hands on some sort of nuclear device and and kill thousands and thous of people? because that's an enormous fear that people have out there. >> i think the chances of that are really remote, wolf. i mean, it's conceivable. it's in the realm of possibility,ut what's much more likely is that one of these attempts like the times square bomber or the -- or the zazi guy who wanted to n blow up the subways in new york, one of those guys will get lucky. it will be an individual or a small group. it will be devastating but won't 9/11. >> bin laden, do you believe he's somewhere hidintog togethe with iman al zahari?
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you've done a lot of research in this. >> i think they're together. bin laden is not sick the way the cia imagined. he doesn't have kidney disease. he does have health problems. that's one of the reasons they're close together. on the oer hand, they've been much more active inet getting o tapes and videos that suggested that bin laden is more in the deep freeze. i wouldn't be surprised if they were somewhere that's really not anhere looking for them in the tribal areas. could be in yemen, for instance, some place not paying attention. >> what's the biggest misperception, misconception that americans have about islamic fundamentalism, islamic terrorism. >> to me that's the biggest misconception is tse are islamic extremists. these are not main stream muslims.
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with all of the heated rhetoric that's flying around with the others right now about islam, one would get to thinking pretty soon it's islam at war with america. not at alltrue al qaeda is at war with islam and we're getng the spillover. >> the documentary is entitled "my trip with al qaeda." it airs on hbo later tonight. lawrence, thanks very much. >> i've enjoyed it, wolf, thanks. it is nine years to the day ter the september 11 terror attacks. and osama bin laden is still o the run. according to new pl numbers, most americans believe it will remain that way. more than two-thirds of people polled by cnn in the opinion research corpotion said the u.s. will not be able to capture or kill the al qaeda leader. but the survey also finds that nearly thr tee-quarters of thos questioned believe the country is as safe or safer from terrorism than it was before the september 11 attacks.
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president obama urging americans to remember and honor the victims of 9/11. he's using the anniversary to emphasize that people should not view islam as the enmy. >> the other reason it's important for us to remember that is because we've got millions of muslim americans -- our fellow citizens, in this country. they're going to school with our kids. they're r neighbors. they're our friends. they're our co-workers. and, you know, when we start acting as if their religion ism somehow offensive, what do we say to them? if you could build a church on the site, you could build a synagogue on a site, if you
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could build a hindu temple on a te, then you should be able to build a mosque on. the site. >> is the u.s. military looking to add more troops to the war zone in afghanistan? we'll ask a topam american commander william conwell. an extraordinary interview equals an extraordinary detail. details of what fidel castro told the american journalist about mahmud ahmadinejad. who spends millions on a renovation project in the tough economic times? the white house. details of the work anda the price tag. introducing the samsung fascinate powered by verizon. super amoled screen. six-axis 3d gaming and access to thousands of free apps. all in one ultra-thin package. you want it, we got it. the samsung fascinate.
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is the u.s. looking to boost troop strength in gan? wolflitzer talked about that and more with a top military commander. >> joining us from kabul, william caldwell, the united states army, the commander of the nato training missionin ksghistan. general caldwell, thanks for joininus. right a story brewing now. and i wonde if you could clarifre that general petraeus is asking the pentagon for 2000 more troops to help in training and combat in afghanistan beyond the approximately 100,000 who are there or on their way. is that report true? >> wolf, as we're continuing to professionalize and grow the afghan national security force both the police and army, there is going to be requirement for more trainers as we take them from what was a fighting force to a specialized force as we do things like transfer medical
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units and logistics unitsl and all those assets. there will be an increasing at number of trainers that will be required in support of the nato training mission in the coming year. >> you've been back in afghanistan now foour abt a year. what is your understanding of what the july, 2011 date meanse withdraw from afghanistan? because there's some confusion what that july, 2011 date means. >> what the president has said and the secretary of defense has said too, it 's the beginning of a procitess. based on the conditions on the ground, they're going to make an assessment of how many more fighting forces or combat formations are able to be here inside of afghanistan to help th srte rity forces. >> the start of awi withdraw wi develop d what the situation on the ground really is. i want you to listen to what the commandant of the marine corps general conway said because it's causing some heart burn over at
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the white house. listen to this. >> wesi know the president was talking to many people at the same time. in some ways, we think right now it's giving our enemy sustenance. we think that he may be saying to himself, in fact, we've intercepted communications that say, hey, we only have to hold out for so long. >> he seems to be saying this is a mistake becse it's getting, in his words,ustenance to the enemy over there thinking, you know, just hold on. the u.s. is about to get out. explain how you reacted when you heard general conway's comments. >> wolf, i have tell you, we've been clear. we're going to be here ten years. ju 11 means there's not going to be a u.s. president, they're sadly mistaken. what it is is just what the secretary of defense and the president said, it's t beginning of a process. they're going to take a look at at that point what the conditions are on the ground and
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how many war fighting forces are still required to be he. >> i interviewed the former u.n. special envoy to afghanistan last week. and he had some strong words. listen to what t he said to me d then we'll discuss two points he makes. listen to this.ll >> it's really immoral to be sending troops to fight in a mission that they can't succeed at. because, again, you don't have that credible partner. what i would say is to reduce -- to change the mission to something that is achievable, namely protecting the nonpashtun parts of the country where the taliban is not present and kabul. and that you could do with 10,000 troops instead of 1 hirks,000. >> do you believe, general caldwell, thnat the u.s. troops the nato troops in afghanistan ha a credible partner in afghanistan. >> well, i do. and each and every day, i deal with the ministers of defense and the ministers of interior. they're my partners. and i am in constant dialogue
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with them. and i feel they're very much a credible partner. we share the same goals and aspirations. they very much want to seeir thr force forces able to take over for the security and the future of this government and what the people are going to do here i afghanistan. i'm comfortable with where we arand what we're doing. i see them committed to this mission. i see them dialoguing on a daily basis on what they can do for us to provide supporfor them to take the lead and besi responsible. >> galbraith is a former united states abassador that it's not achievable to defeat the taliban, havch more modt jectiv e in afghanistan and rep deucehece u.s. troop presence down to 10,000 troops. what do you say to that? >> what i say is one of the things we have to do, we have to enable the t security forces he to take the responsibility and the lead for the security here in their country.aj
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at ishe major objective that e're going after right now especially in the mission that we have responsibility for. we want to grownd professionalize them so they're enduring and self-sustaining and no longer require coalition support. we've seen a tremendous amount of progress in the last ten, 11 months here that we've been in the country. so, wolf, progress is taking place. it's going to take time. it's not going to happen overnight. but i think what most people have to understand is there is r change that has occurred here in this country. and there is a difference starng to be made. >> a lot of americs are getting thel impressn, general cullen, that the situation is deteriorating. corruption in afghanistan seems to be on the rise. and the taliban seems to bu. gaining strength. u.s. casualties, nato casualti are higher than ever right now in afghanistan. so when you talk about progress, we're getting a different impression watching the war from this side. >> i would say that i think most people tried to make sure they
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understood, additional coalition forces came in to the country that, in fact, they would be more engaged and there would b an increase in casualties for a period time through the rly fall and in to the early wintertime frame where we would see an increase as, in fact, more engagements occur. so, that was not unexpectedat all. but rather something people had anticipated and knew what would occur as additional engagements occurred. >> general william caldwell is the mmanding general of the nato training mission in afghanistan. thanks, general. good luck, be careful over there. we'll see yo when we come back here to washington. >> wolf, thank you very much, wolf. >> extraordinary message from cuba's fidel castro. why e's telling iran'seader to stop slandering the jews. plus, an extreme home makeover. details of what's happening at details of what's happening at the white .
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. >> extraordinary report out of cuba whe fi delqu castro is quoted as saying iran's leader should stop slandering tjews. the adline of a remarkable interview by an american journalist seen here with castro in these images of "cuba debate. "wolf blitzer talked to the reporter. >> jeffrey goldberg is here in the "situation room." all of a sudden, you're invited to go interview fidel capps row. how did that happen? >> he reached the atlantic. he read an article i wrote recentlybo aaeut iran and israe comi in conflict. he's deeliply concerned about ts conflict and wanted me to come down to havana to talk to him about it. >> you we o vacation at martha's vineyard.
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you got a call saying fidel castro wants you to come to havana. >> one socialist island paradise to another socialist island paradise. of course i'll come down. who wouldn't want to meet fidel castro. >> 84 years old. >> physically and mentally how did he aiimpress you? >> physically frail. walks with the aid of the guys to the left and right of him. mentally, very acute. not only that, he's sort of jocular. you wouldn't think this, but fidel castro has a sense of humor. he does now his post leadership phase. he seems lighter than you would think he would be, because he's retired, in fact. >> mentally very alert. >> mentally very alert. >> on top of the issues? >> extremely on top of the. issues. wouldn't be surprised if he spent half the dayin watching c.
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he's following the internet, visitors all the time. he's trying to emerge from his elements and become a player again, more like a senior statesman. the counsel of foreign relations this is his new mode. wants to be a senior statesman and comment on the world and be a bridge builder and a peacekeeper, that sort of thing. >> he's had a very goodne relationship with ahmadinejad of iran. but he basically wanted you send a messair to iran and ahmadinejad? >> right. right. >> tell us about that. >> he had two messages. he wanted netanyahu and the prime minister to know that the militaryorolution't the israel. for we've heard that message before. >> as far as israel using mitary forces. >> we heard that before. is heas interesting to me seems personally offended by ahmadinejad's denial of the holocaust, which is, of course, as you know a central pillar of the way ahmadinejad talks about this conflict. and he sd very, very extreme -- in a very
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straightforward way th the jews had been a persecuted people for 2000 years. no one should talk about tm like this. one of the ways to sve this problem is for iran to say to itself, look the jews are worried about the fronts we made for good reason. don't deny that the feelings that the jews have about the prejudice coming out of iran. >> he went one step further in your interview. you spent three days -- hours and hours with him. >> hours. >> he went one step further and he said israel had reason to exist. >> cuba broke ties with rael in 1973 after the i don't meyom war. i asked him, do y believe israel has a right to exist? he said, absolutely, without a doubt. so he described his problem with israel as aou political problem not a religious or cultural problem. he said -- i said why don't you re-establish relations with israel? and he said in essence, well, it takes a long time.
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and basically i'm retired in any case. but he wasf sympathetic to the jewish srael as a state. i was surprised at that too. >> when you said to hem, if you said these things directly to ahmadinejad when they meet face-to-face, tell our viewers what he said to you. >> he -- he saidth essentially that the iranian leadership should stop talking this way about the jews and be more sensitive. i said why don't you say this to ahmadinejad himself? he said, well, you -- you tell him for me. so i wrote it up in the atlantic. i'm not running to teheran any time soon to tell ahmadinejad this. but castro had a specific message he wanted delivered. and i found that very, very interesting, considering especially three months ago, we thought this guy was on his deathbed. >> bigger picture, what does it y about fidel castro that, na, he invited you, spent days se king to you, had the messages, the statesman like messages he wanted to convey.
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>> his health is back. he can play a useful role for cuba. his brother is obviously very obsessed with cuba's political and economic crisis. and fidel is going to be out there, i think, we'll see in mhe coming months t talking more to foreigneaders about not only cuban issues but world issues. cuba has been too small for them ck some way. so he -- he's back on chstage. >> he's watching us right bw. >> could very well be. >> i'd love to follow up. >> spend some time with him myself. jeffrey goldberg, more of this coming up on the atlanticom and the magazine itself. >> yes. >> we'll be reading. >> thank you very much. two chdren in fld-ravaged pakistan cradled their newborn twin siblings, one of our hot shots ahead. .i didn't miss a premium payment for 10 years. the minute i got sick, i lost my insurance. not anymore.
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here's a look at hot shots. in pakistan, children displaced by the floods cradled their new twin siblings. the floods have left ten million people without homes. tasting a meal prepared by army military chefs as part of a field catering competition. in sydney, australia, a french daredevil stands in front of a giant forklift in front of a sydney opera house. in taiwan, newlyweds hissed during a ceremony organized by the government. hot shots, pictures worth 1,000e words. there's a makeover in the works at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. it's costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. in these hard economic times, the white house renovate. i had a chance to go behind the scenes on a project that's
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raising some eyebrows. >> sounds like they're building another wing to the white house. >> you cat imagine, t.j. it's going to happen for the next two years. >> banging, thee jackhammering the dust, the confusion, the noise, of all places to do construction is happening right here. of the white house. >> it's a four-year renovation projt. estimated costs, $376 million. the basic problem pipes up up to 100 years old running to the white house causing disastrous and dangerous conditions. >> this part of the white house hasn't been upgraded since 1902, upgrated some parts of it in 1934, electrical lines, water lines that haven't been upgraded since. we're digs underground to fix them up. >> telus the problems that the white hous he isaving. it's hard to believe, yes, the lights go out. sometimes the pipes have leaked. ve there been these kinds of problems here? >> there have.
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electrical outages at the white house, telephones have gone down. >> does the president call and say, my toilet is not flushing the lights are going out. ad the residesidence hasn't h issues. but the west wing where they do the business has had those issues. >> overseeing the massive makeover of the east and west wings, the oval office, the situation room, and the offices of the secret service and the first lady. tl us what's happening here. >> we're digging trenches, burying new cable, burying new tewar pipes. >> congress approved funding of the project in2008 when a bush administration report revealed some systems in the white house were periodically failing. >> this project is going to cost some $376 million to the taxpayers. some would say, really? why would you spend that kind of money on a makeover for the white house when tre are so many folks who are not doing that well. >> we're well aware.
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and it doesn't do a whole lot of good to have a --ld a building that's sort of the image of the free world standing up there and not functioning >> we have a very understanding first family but we have a first family with young kids who need their sleep? so construction is normally limited to daylight hour but despite if opened

The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer
CNN September 11, 2010 6:00pm-7:00pm EDT

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